The missing Self in the Selfie

Friday, March 9, 2018

7:30 pm

Havana Room, Graduate Community Center, 750 Escondido Road, Stanford, CA 94035 Map

Sponsored by:
Stanford Zen Society and Bhakti Yoga Club

Our smartphones are full of selfies.  Selfie is a private exploration of ourselves in the moment. Every time we click the shutter, we are making a subconscious psychological decision—this moment is important, where I am now or what I am doing now is worthy of capturing. However, if we don’t like the selfie, we can simply delete the photo and experiment with a different tilt of our face or another angle. 

But does this repeated self-expression and self-exploration reveal who we really are? Or are we actually running away from ourselves due to our own ego or stress or depression? We might be abusing technology to numb ourselves not just to our boredom and distress, but also to our deepest self. Does your selfie reveal mindset or attitude or the self?

In this talk, you will discover higher potentials that lie hidden beneath the layers of technological and psychological distraction. You will learn how to achieve balance with your own self amidst disruptive emotions or situations.

7:30 pm to 8:45 pm – Talk on The missing Self in the Selfie

8:45 pm - 9:30 pm -  Free Vegetarian Dinner & Networking

Speaker Bio

Chaitanya Charan Das is a monk, mentor, and spiritual author. He travels all over the world giving talks on spiritual subjects in various universities and corporations such as Princeton, Cambridge, Intel, and Microsoft. 

Seeing the prevalent problems of stress, depression, addiction,  he dedicated his life to the cause of sharing the spiritual wisdom of the Bhagavad-Gita. He is the author of the world’s only Bhagavad-Gita-daily feature, wherein he writes daily a 300-word inspirational reflection on a verse from the Bhagavad- Gita. Till now he has written over seventeen hundred Gita meditations that are posted on and are read through daily feeds by thousands from all over the world. He also answers questions by seekers on his site, where his over three thousand five hundred audio answers and several hundred articles are available.

He has authored several spiritual books and articles in leading newspapers such as Indian Express, Economic Times and Times of India Speaking Tree column. His writings in English have been translated into several foreign languages including German, Chinese and Romanian and several Indian languages including Kannada, Telgu, Bengali, Hindi, and Marathi.

Friday, March 9, 2018
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Havana Room, Graduate Community Center, 750 Escondido Road, Stanford, CA 94035 Map



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